The Milk. Black. Lemon. teahouse has been recently launched in Tokyo by Kirin Gogo no Kocha, one of the Japanese leading black tea brands. The author of the project, the Japanese architect Ryusuke Nanki, drew inspiration from the main product served in the cafe – black tea.
The colors used in the classic herringbone flooring represent black tea and tea with milk. The potted plants are tea trees, the chairs are upholstered in leather with the color of tea with milk and tea with lemon, and the other furniture and finishes also feature a tea-inspired palette. The red color is taken directly from Kirin’s tea packaging, while the cushions are dyed with three types of black tea leaves. The tea lights in the seating area and above the tea servers use Japanese world-class food modeling technology to meticulously recreate many variations on black tea served at the shop, including carbonated tea drinks, fruit tea drinks, layered teas, and of course tea brewed from various leaves. The teahouse is literally illuminated by many colors of black tea.
Nothing in the shop – including the hanging chairs in shades of milk and milk tea – resembles what one might find in a typical tea salon, but everything is inspired by tea. It is all designed to offer a relaxing new kind of black tea experience.
CLIENT: Kirin Beverage Company, Limited
TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 142.54 sqm
COMPLETION DATE: October, 2017
LOCATION: 1F, Sarugakucho 10-1, Shibuyaku, Tokyo 150-0033 Japan
ARCHITECT / SHOP PRODUCER: Ryusuke Nanki
ART DIRECTION: Moe Furuya, Hiromi Uzaki
STRATEGIST／CD : Yosuke Mamiya
CO-SPATIAL DESIGN: Kae Yamashita
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT：Yukio Marumori, Minoru Suzuki, Kazuro Hikota, Keisuke Ogata
PLANNER: Michiko Kato, Katsumi Tanaka
GRAPHIC DESIGN + ILLUSTRATIONS: 6kai, Ari Suzuki
FOOD DESIGN / SHOP MANAGEMENT: OISEAU
CUSHION DESIGN: Katsutaka Shimazu
AE: Hiroto Fujinami, Taro Kitazawa , Motofumi Osumi, Hiroki Ochi
PHOTOS: Junpei Kato
AGENCY: DENTSU INC./Tokikitaru Inc /Study and Design/NOMURA Co.,Ltd.